Leslie Jones's website hacked, Twitter rallies around actress
Leslie Jones poses at the premiere of Ghostbusters in California on July 9, 2016. Photograph: (Reuters)
The content reportedly posted to her website also included a video of Harambe, the gorilla killed by the Cincinnati Zoo after a three-year-old boy fell into his pen in May. The website, www.JustLeslie.com, was subsequently taken offline.
Twitter rallied around the 48-year-old actress and #StandWithLeslie the top trending topic on social media on Wednesday. She also quit Twitter this summer after facing abusive and racist comments for her appearance in the film Ghostbusters.
In response, Twitter permanently suspended numerous accounts and said it was taking steps to confront abusive behavior on its network.
Here's what her colleagues wrote on Wednesday:
Do not give your eyeballs to this racist, hate-filled, misogynoir crime. I #StandWithLeslie— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 24, 2016
What's happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. Alt right, haters, trolls, "comedians," whoever the fuck you all are, you're just sad.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) August 24, 2016
these acts against leslie jones....are sickening. its racist & sexist. it's disgusting. this is hate crimes. this aint "kids joshing round"— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) August 24, 2016
Several accounts of the hacking, which was first reported by TMZ.com, said it appeared the website was accessed through Jones' personal cellphone or iCloud account, which lets users store photos and other content online and access it from any Apple device.
Representatives from Apple Inc and Jones' agent did not respond to requests for comment.
In 2014, Apple confirmed that nude photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence had been accessed through the hacking of iCloud accounts, then posted online.
Apple said the leaks resulted from targeted attacks on accounts in which personal data was stored, and not a direct breach of Apple systems.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)